After a successful day for England on Day 2 India got back into the game on the third day. India took the last two wickets of England early into the day as England led by 354 runs. Rohit Sharma, Pujara, and Kohli produced a scintillating performance as India trail by 139 runs at stumps with a loss of just two wickets.
Shami took Overton in an lbw who was scoring runs from his bat as he managed to get 32 off 42 balls. While Ollie Robinson was bowled on a duck by Bumrah facing 15 balls. England finished their first innings at 432 with a 354 run lead and a mountain to climb for India.
The covers came on the pitch as India came to bat in the second innings but it soon came off without much delay. India opening batting pair Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul walked out to bring India back into the game after a poor 1st innings.
Rohit looked the more set batsman in comparison to Rahul as Sharma hit a six of Robinson. But the unsettled KL Rahul was caught behind by Bairstow from Overton’s delivery just before lunch. He bowls him into the corridor with a little extra bounce tempting for Rahul to play the ball. It takes an edge from the shoulder of the bat where Bairstow dives to his left and takes a brilliant one-hand catch.
Pujara and Rohit played a spectacle partnership of 82 runs to keep India in a comfortable zone. Rohit scored his 13th half-century as both the batsmen gave a tough time for the English pacers. Pujara and Rohit kept scoring runs and England looked bothered with their partnership.
Anderson missed his line and length today as Pujara rushed the ball to boundaries. The grey sky hovered over the field all day but the Indian batsman continued spraying runs. Umpire Kettleborough shook his head after the ball from Robinson came inside to give India a scare.
England went with the review but the hawkeye evidently showed the ball was comfortably over the top.
In Robinson’s next over he got him again a huge round of appeals but the unsure England side were left out of time for a DRS. Although the replay showed he would have been in trouble if England went ahead with a review. India managed to get 72 runs in the second session without losing a wicket.
Robinson finally got the better of Rohit whipping him across the line, hitting his front pad. This time the umpire raises his finger and India went ahead with a review. It was the tightest of margins as it clipped the leg stump but it was the umpire’s call and Rohit was sent back scoring a good 59 runs.
And apparently, it was Jarvo back again into the field to make an appearance for India. This time with bat and pads on.
But it was captain Kohli and Pujara who anchored an astonishing partnership of 99 runs to finish the day off. Neither Anderson nor Robinson could stop them from scoring runs. Coming closer to the end of the day’s play Moeen Ali came into action as the day was getting darker and darker.
The match continued due to the spinners bowling his spell and not a pacer. Even captain Joe Root tried his hand with the ball after scoring his third century in the series. None could stop the Indian attack as they climbed to a total of 215 with a loss of two wickets. Pujara nears his 19th Test century batting at 91*.
India Second Innings
India – 215/2
Rohit Sharma – 59 (156), Cheteshwar Pujara – 91* (154), Virat Kohli – 45 (94)
Ollie Robinson – 1/40, Craig Overton – 1/35